Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Detail of interior photograph of the Gilbert Luber Gallery (ca. 1980s), courtesy of Shirley Luber

Goldstein Family Gallery

Representing Modern Japan:
The Luber Collection of Art Books

March 16 - June 12, 2015

The Luber Collection is a multi-lingual selection of over 1,300 volumes on Japanese art, art history, and culture from the premodern period to the 1990s. A strength of this collection is its emphasis on 20th-century Japanese printing and other art forms. Representing Modern Japan focuses on books about contemporary Japanese printing and introduces various styles of hanga, or woodblock prints, spanning the 20th century. The exhibit also reflects the variety and breadth of the Luber Gallery's collecting and sales of 20th-century artists' prints. Visitors will encounter a range of individuals and techniques, as well as the Lubers' personal connections to those artists in the latter half of the 20th century. The Luber Collection of Art Books was presented to Penn Libraries in 2012. For more information.

Recent acquisition

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is delighted to announce that it has acquired a copy of Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg's Petit Code de la raison humaine, a book printed in France by Benjamin Franklin in 1782. It is believed to be the last full-length book Franklin ever printed and it clearly reflected his passion for experimental political thought and debate and for the distribution of new knowledge. Barbeu-Dubourg, who dedicated his Petit Code to Franklin, was a staunch supporter of the cause of the America's, spending his own money freely in their aid. A scientist, doctor, and widely-read scholar, Barbeu-Dubourg was an early proponent of American arts and letters and, in 1773, published a two volume set of Franklin's works translated into French providing a vast audience in Europe access to Franklin's works.

Only four known copies of the Petit Code survive today, and, until now, only one of those copies had been in a publicly accessible collection. The copy now at the Penn Libraries is in exquisite condition and showcases Franklin's skill and eye for the art of printing. Penn faculty, students, alumni and visitors can view this new addition to the Library's Franklin print collection in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. For more information